LORD OF WAR
An Academy Award nominated actor for his work in TRAINING DAY, an Academy
Award nominated writer for the BEFORE SUNSET screenplay and a Lucille Lortel
Award and Drama League Award nominated actor for his work in HURLYBURLY, ETHAN
HAWKE constantly challenges himself as an artist. He has uniquely
established a successful career acting on film and on stage, as a novelist, a
screenwriter and a director.
On stage, he performed in the play THE SEAGULL at the National Actors Theater
and Jonathan Marc Sherman's SOPHISTRY. In Chicago, Hawke starred in the
Steppenwolf production of Sam Shephard's, BURIED CHILD directed by Gary Sinise.
He was recently on stage opposite Kevin Kline in Lincoln Center Theatre's Henry
IV and headlined the New Group's revival of David Rabe's play HURLYBURLY where
he played Eddie, a not terribly functional casting director in the drama about a
bunch of Hollywood movers, shakers and wannabes. Hawke earned a 2005 LUCILLE
LORTEL Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor as well as a 2005 DRAMA
LEAGUE OUTSTANDING PERFORMER Award Nomination for his performance.
Ethan also recently starred in Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed
BEFORE SUNSET, the sequel to BEFORE SUNRISE, opposite Julie Delpy for Warner
Bros. Independent. Hawke also co-wrote the script with director Richard
Linklater and co-star Julie Delpy and the three of them were nominated for a
2004 Oscar for ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, 2004 IFP SPIRIT Award for BEST SCREENPLAY and
a 2004 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY. The film was nominated
for a 2004 IFP GOTHAM Award for BEST FEATURE and received a SPECIAL MENTION FOR
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING Award from The National Board of Review.
Ethan made his feature film debut in 1985 at the age of 14 in the
science-fiction film EXPLORERS. Shortly after Hawke's performance in EXPLORERS,
he landed his first big role as Todd Anderson in Touchstone Picture's Academy
Award-winning film DEAD POETS SOCIETY. He then went on to star opposite Jack
Lemmon and Ted Danson in DAD, and in the screen adaptation of Jack London's
classic Alaskan adventure, WHITE FANG directed by Randal Kleiser.
Other film credits include RICH IN LOVE with Albert Finney, WATERLAND with
Jeremy Irons, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, Disney's true life adventure film ALIVE, REALITY
BITES, the critically acclaimed BEFORE SUNRISE, GATTACA, GREAT EXPECTATIONS,
Michael Almereyda's wild depiction of William Shakespeare's HAMLET opposite Bill
Murray and Julia Stiles, TAPE, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and TAKING LIVES, among
others. He also played the voice of Jesse in WAKING LIFE. Ethan also starred
opposite Denzel Washington in Warner Brothers' crime drama TRAINING DAY directed
by Antoine Fuqua, for which he was nominated for a SAG and an Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actor.
In 2001, Ethan made his directorial debut with his drama CHELSEA WALLS. The
movie tells of five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel and stars
Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson and Steve
Zahn. He directed Josh Hamilton in the short film STRAIGHT TO ONE, a story of a
couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. He also directed the
music video for the film.
Hawke wrote his first novel, THE HOTTEST STATE, which was published by Little
Brown in the fall of 1996. The New York Times Book Review described it as,
"A sweet love story...[in which]... Mr. Hawke does a fine job
...[and]...easily evokes the restlessness of being 21 in the mid-1990's south of
14th Street." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "Touching and
engaging...Authenticity is what carries THE HOTTEST STATE." The novel is in
its 19th printing. Hawke's second novel, ASH WEDNESDAY was published by Knopf in
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